How D’Ya Like Them Apples?
Oh yeah. It’s the post you’ve all been waiting for.
Er. The post you didn’t even know you were waiting for.
It’s a really good post. Promise.
IT’S THE GREAT APPLE TASTE-OFF!
What’s in your bag there? What’s that? EIGHTEEN kinds of apples??
I know you’re as fired up as I am.
(Argh. What is happening with this gallery?? Ignore the last two rows. They aren’t really there.)
I don’t know about you, but when I walk into the produce section of Berkeley Bowl and find myself facing a massive variety of apples, I just wanna taste ’em all. So that’s what I did.
(Author’s note: There were other varieties of apples that did not make it to the tasting. I forewent the Red Delicious, Granny Smith, et al. for reasons I feel I need not specify.)
I had every intention of doing this scientifically, but let’s face it, I was an art major. M suggested we come up with categories and rate each apple on a scale of 1 – 10. He’s the engineer in the family. But this was my baby. So we had categories. And then lots of adjectives like, “perfumy!” and “almost mushy :( ” and “honey finish” and “complex tartness.”
(Look at the color!)
We tried a slice or two of each apple, took notes, and moved on to the next apple. I thought short and hard about a palate cleanser between apples, but nothing came of it. (M had some coffee — does that count?) As for the order of tasting, with nothing really to go on, we went in alphabetical order.
The ‘winners’? It was close. We had three favorites:
Aurora: “light, crisp” “floral, perfumy, beautiful”
Honey Crisp: “crisp, juicy, Fuji-like” “strong perfume” “honey, floral, sweet”
Jazz: “juicy!” “super crisp” “complex, balanced tart/sweet, a bit floral”
OK, guys, huddle in for a final group photo:
You might be thinking, “What on earth do you do with 18 partially sliced apples?” Good question.
To answer: You save the three apples you really enjoyed and eat them later, because eating 18+ slices of apples really fills you up. Then, you take the other fifteen apples and you turn them into Many Apple Galettes (using your awesome recipe), and you bring them to your folks’ Christmas Eve party.
You might also be thinking, “Gosh, I wonder what kind of music you listen to when you’re tasting apples?”
To answer: What else? Barney’s Get Psyched Mix (blog version). (Thanks, Kevin.)
We’ll not need to be seeing the doctor for a while, methinks. Thanks, Berkeley Bowl!